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Polaroid Transfer-mations 

Written By: Abi Cotler ORoarty 


Brayer (1) 
or roller. 

Hair dryer (1) 


Slide (1) 

An old slide or a newly taken one! 

Polaroid camera (1) 

Day lab Copy System Pro slide printer or 
Polaroid Land camera The Land camera 
is no longer made but can be found on 
eBay for' as little as $5 

Instant photo film (1) 

Polaroid 669 or 559 or Fuji FP- 100C. 

Paper (1) 

Hot-press watercolor paper. 

Photo tray (1) 
for paper. 

White vinegar (1) 


For those who still long for a tangible connection with film photographs, Polaroid transfers 
can transform ordinary photos into Impressionist masterpieces. With a Daylab slide printer 
or old Polaroid Land camera, you can easily turn your favorite old slide images into framable 
pieces of art. 

The process is fairly simple: Polaroid negatives are rubbed (transferred) onto textured 
watercolor paper (or other materials, if you're so inspired). The resulting ethereal images 
appear to be antiques from their weathered appearance. And because the look is almost 
ghostly, even unintentional "mistakes" may become your favorites. 

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Polaroid announced it would stop manufacturing film in April 2008, but Fuji makes a 
comparable film called Fuji FP-100C. 

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• If using a slide, insert it into the 
Daylab to create a print. If using a 
Polaroid, skip this step. 

• Soak watercolor paper in warm water until it's soft, around 1 minute. Remove it from the 
water and pat it dry. 

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• If using a Daylab, expose the 
Polaroid film; if using a Polaroid 
camera, take your shot. The image 
stays latent until it's pulled. Pull the 
processing tab on the film, pulling 
the film through the rollers with one 
smooth motion. After 15 seconds of 
developing, pull apart the 2 sides of 
the Polaroid film. 

• Pull away the negative and set it facedown on your wet paper. Careful not to let it slide, 
firmly roll the brayer on the back. Wait about 2 minutes. You need heat from the 
developing negative to warm the paper, so a hair dryer may help. Slowly lift the negative 
off the paper by a corner. 

• Polaroid chemistry is basic (alkaline), so it helps to stabilize the image if you soak the 
transfer in a weak acid. Try 1 part white vinegar to 4 parts water, for no more than 1 
minute, with some agitation. Then rinse in running water for 4 minutes and allow to air-dry 

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This project first appeared in CRAFT Volume 08 , pages 122-123. 

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